Posted by: livingscripture | February 11, 2013

Fifth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“God said, ‘Let there be light’.”

(Genesis 1:  3)

 

How should we live this Word light

This is God’s first word recorded in Genesis in describing creation.  It refers to the light that strangely precedes the creation of the sun and stars, the sources of light.  Is this an error of the sacred writer?  Or rather, a coded message we need to decipher?

The Scriptures proclaim that God is Light.  The light of a comet announces the arrival of the Incarnate Word in history and Jesus will present Himself as the Light of the world, giving sight to the blind.  Creation is an effusion of God whose splendor sets the confines of darkness and imposes on it progressive retreat from the advancing light.  This light is refracted in the multiple names pronounced by God, from whom life emerges victorious, as an explosion of joy in the rhythm of, “God saw how good the light was”.

Light is the image that best evokes the divine and therefore, biblically, light is always considered as positive and good and is always opposed by darkness with its burden of negativity and evil.  God calls the light and shines it on creation, which is substantially good because it is created by God.  God does not create but only names the darkness.  In the Semitic mentality, the imposition of a name indicated the authoritative exercise of dominion.  Thus, darkness, evil, does not proceed from God but is still under His dominion.  God fixes its limits so that, even in the constant struggle with light, with the good, it cannot overcome the light.   The presence of evil serves only to make the light shine even brighter and places creation on the pentagram of freedom.  Light will not be imposed either, but be a free and joyful choice, a response of love to Love.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will seek to live my life in Light, the divine Light that is Jesus. 

Lord, should I fear the darkness that still envelops the world when Your Light shines on my life with its reminder to immerse myself in you and become a ray announcing Your splendor? 

The Voice of Paul Coelho, Author 

Every warrior of light has known fear before a battle.

Every warrior of light has betrayed and lied in the past.

Every warrior of light has started a journey not his or hers.

Every warrior of light has thought not to be a warrior of light.

Every warrior of light has lacked in spiritual duties.

Every warrior of light has wounded a loved one.

Thus he/she is a warrior of light because having lived these experiences did not lose hope of becoming better.

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